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Float Pin Remover by Randakk’s Cycle Shakk

Float Pin

Honda specialists Randakk’s Cycle Shakk have available a neat little tool to help remove stubborn float pins with less risk of breaking the float pin posts, a familiar issue for owners of older Japanese motorcycles with float pins that have seized over time. Sized specifically to work with carburetors supplied on Honda GL1000 through GL1500 and Honda CBX, CX500 and DOHC Honda fours, it will work on any carburetor with 24mm- to 26.75mm-long float pins. Comes with full directions for use. $29.99.

MOTOAUCT Vintage Motorcycle Auction Site

Sell your Bike

Looking for an alternative to traditional auctions, eBay or Craigslist for buying and selling vintage bikes? Created by vintage bike enthusiasts Jason Delacroix and Jason Williams, MOTOAUCT is a new online vintage motorcycle auction site offering buyers and sellers an easier way to find and sell. Sellers and buyers are vetted, and the online format means sellers don’t have to hassle with shipping bikes to auction and buyers don’t have to hassle with immediate, on-site shipping.

Brass-Bladed Gasket Scraper by Motion Pro

Gasket Scraper

This brass-bladed gasket scraper from the motorcycle tool pros at Motion Pro is ideal for scraping gaskets off aluminum faces, which can be easily damaged with steel scrapers or razor blades. The ergonomic handle is machined from 6061 billet aluminum and also doubles as storage for an extra blade. The scraper’s narrow, slant-cut blade is designed specifically for thin engine cases. Replacement blades, including brass and steel, are available. $24.99.

The Wark Shop

Harley-Davidson with sidecar

The Wark Shop, owned by Bob Wark in Marietta, Ohio, specializes in the sale and installation of motorcycle sidecars with over 20 years of experience in sidecar mounting and alignment. There are four brands of sidecars available for purchase from the Wark Shop, including Velorex, Champion, Watsonian and Trans-Moto. Already have a sidecar and want to install it yourself but have questions or need advice? Contact Bob by phone from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eastern time, seven days a week, or email your phone number.


The Wark Shop
1955 County Road 9
Marietta, OH 45750

740-374-4250 (office)
740-538-4746 (home)
Email: bobwarkshop@suddenlink.net

Kawasaki H2 Chamber Exhaust System by Z1 Parts

Kawasaki exhaust

Owners of Kawasaki’s legendary 750cc 2-stroke triple, the H2, should check out Z1 Parts Inc.’s latest offering, a complete chamber exhaust system designed to fit 1972-1975 H2s. Developed working alongside legendary Kawasaki triples drag racer Tony Nicosia, the system comes complete with mounting collars, tension springs, exhaust gaskets, and left, right and center mufflers and pipes. Available in chrome ($1,299) or black ($1,050). Repro exhaust kits also available.

RIP, Nobby Clark, Mechanic to the Stars

Nobby Clark with Team Norton Champagne

Mechanic to the stars Nobby Clark (far right) with Team Norton Champagne at the 2009 Bonneville Vintage GP. Photo credit: Stephen Clark.

Derek “Nobby” Clark. If you’ve paid any attention to motorcycle GP racing history, you know the name. A tuner and mechanic for some of the greatest riders in motorcycle racing history including giants like Mike “The Bike” Hailwood, Giacomo Agostini, Gary Hocking, Kenny Roberts, Barry Sheene, Jarno Saarinen and more, Nobby became a giant in his own right. As recently as a few years ago Nobby, who passed away last Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at the age of 81, was still hitting the circuit and still doing his tuning magic, making the Norton Champagne Racing Team’s 1937 and 1962 Manx kings of the vintage race scene.

Nobby Clark with Mike Hailwood

A young Nobby Clark with Mike Hailwood and the epic RC166 Honda six in 1966. Photo credit: Frank Melling.

I first met Nobby in 2006 at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio race track. I had tagged along with a group gathering to meet some of the great Daytona Beach racers of the ’50s, and was standing off to the side when I looked over and saw Nobby, also standing off to the side. Although I knew I’d seen his face, I couldn’t quite place it, so finally I walked over and said something to the effect of, “You look really familiar. Have we ever met?” To which Nobby, in what I would learn over subsequent years was typical classic understatement, simply replied, “Maybe, I’ve been to a lot of races in my life.”

Nobby Clark in 1972

Nobby Clark in the early 1970s, venue unknown. Photo credit: Australian Motorcycle News.

Recognized and respected by the racing community to a degree usually reserved for the most successful racers, Nobby was down to earth and honest almost to a fault, unique qualities in a sport peppered with larger than life personalities. For years I'd hoped that someone would sit down with Nobby, put a tape recorder on the table and get him to share all of the stories of his incredible 50-year racing career, start to finish. That never happened, although thankfully he gave many interviews over the years, particularly after his 2012 induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Of those interviews, one of the best was also one of the last when he sat down earlier this year with Australian Motorcycle News’ Michael Scott and shared stories of his life in racing. Click here for the full interview. Rest in Peace, Nobby, you’ll be missed.

Tirox 360 Degree Chain Brush

Tirox

We all know we should clean our bike drive chains and sprockets regularly, but I’ll bet most of us don’t, owing to the simple fact that it’s a dirty job that’s surprisingly hard to do really well on the bike. A simple brush works OK, but really only to clean the side plates. And while there are chain-cleaning tools out there, few work as advertised.

Enter the 360° Chain Brush from Tirox. Incredibly simple, the Chain Brush is a spiral-shaped brush with a flexible, high-strength aluminum spine gripping very stiff nylon brushes. Using it is a snap. First, coat the chain with a suitable cleaning agent (most chain manufacturers suggest kerosene), then expand the Chain Brush a bit before rolling it onto the chain.

Tirox

It takes a little effort, as it is a tight fit. Next, expand the brush even farther to tighten its contact to the chain. Holding the brush, spin the wheel to pull the chain through the brush making at least three passes, then reverse direction and spin again. Pull the Chain Brush off, rinse and dry the chain, lube it, and that’s it. It’s still a dirty job, but this tool really works. Price: $12.95.